Online Bible
Online Bible
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Online Bible free download for Mac

Online Bible4.2.1

11 January 2015

For serious Bible students, many features.

Overview

Online Bible is a full-featured program designed for serious Bible students. You can display Bible passages and notes in any number of windows. Most operations can be performed using either the mouse or keyboard commands. The program is both powerful and easy to use.

In addition to the King James Version, over thirty other English versions are available. These include the 1984 New International Version, 1995 New American Standard Bible, 1982 New King James Version, 1989 New Revised Standard Version, 1996 New Living Translation, and many others. Greek and Hebrew texts are also available for original language study. In addition several foreign languages are supported, including Dutch, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and others. See Appendix E at the back of the User's Manual for a detailed list of Bible texts and add-on modules currently available.

Complete search facilities include, word, phrase, multiple words, wild cards, and much more. Searches can use AND, OR, XOR, NOT, and proximity operators to select verses. The range for searches can be restricted. All verses are displayed in context rather than asking you to choose a verse from a list to display. Searches are very fast, taking only a second or two even on older Macs.

You can add notes to a verse using the built-in editor. Cross-references can be included in your notes for automatic recall. In addition to verse notes, topical material, pictures, and word studies can also be saved.

A special Copy Verses command is provided to copy Bible passages via the clipboard directly from the Online Bible to any currently running application. The format of the verses is controlled via preferences set by the user.

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39 Reviews of Online Bible

Macnews
14 January 2009
Version: 3.9.10y36

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Just so you know: This guy has been responsible for not only the OS X version, but in the past the Classic version. It's not his day job. He's done a wonderful job thus far.
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WordWeaver
09 August 2019
Version: 4.2.1
Please note that while the last version of Online Bible which was based on Ken Hamel's code -- version 4.2.1 -- does not work under macOS Mojave, there is now a new version of the app -- which bears the same name -- which you can find in the App Store.

This new version is written by Cross Link Services B.V., and currently stands at version 1.3.6. It is free, although it can be expanded for a price.

While this newer version does not have all of the bells and whistles of the original OLB -- at least not yet -- the free version does have all of the basics, including Strong's Numbers, Hebrew and Greek Lexicons, the TSK, Easton's Bible Dictionary, the Apocrypha, and footnotes.

As I said, it is still lacking in some areas, but it does work on Mojave and is 64-bit.
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4.5
pastorjoe-1
08 May 2019
Version: 4.2.1
Hi! Online Bible is a great program. I have been using it for years and now I am disappointed that the new Mac OS Mojave won't support it. Does any one have a way to at least use the Hebrew and Greek fonts to work with Mojave?
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sweny
11 December 2017
Version: 4.2.1
OLB version 4.2.1 won't remember the font size I have selected in Mac OS High Sierra. I think the new file system in this OS version isn't quite compatible with version on OLB. Will this ever get fixed? This is my favorite Bible for use on my Macbook Pro.
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Barryaus
09 December 2016
Version: 4.2.1
I love this program, but it stopped working with Sierra. Took a big Google search to find its web site, and buried on it is a comment that it does not work with Sierra. I've found a few web sites that sort of do the same thing, and some widgets and iOS apps that can call up certain verses, but nothing comes close to this program for me. Anyone have any ideas? One thing I thought of was running an older version in OS-9 emulation with SheepShaver. I tried running the latest version, but it won't run under OS-9. Anyone know where I can find an older version?
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WordWeaver
21 October 2014
Version: 4.1.1
MacUpdate.com, please update the developer link on this page. Ken Hamel is now deceased, and the provided link goes to some kind of health page in Japanese. As Mac007 notes below, the current URL for the Mac version of Online Bible -- which hasn't been updated since 2009 -- is the following: http://www.online-bible.com/maconlinebible.html
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Mac007
18 March 2014
Version: 4.1.1
The current developer's web site has changed. The new site can be found here: http://www.online-bible.com/maconlinebible.html
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4.5
WordWeaver
06 August 2013
Version: 4.1.1
As a Christian writer and evangelist -- Endtime Prophecy Net -- I have been using Online Bible for many years now, along with the installed Hebrew and Greek lexicon modules -- which I purchased many years ago for about $10 each -- as well as a few other useful modules. This program has been an invaluable tool in conducting my Bible research and writing. It is 100% stable and never crashes, not even once to my recollection. While some folks prefer newer Bible apps for the Mac which have more modern interfaces, personally, I prefer functionality over form, and Online Bible suits my purposes just fine. God bless Ken Hamel -- now deceased -- for his dedication in writing this program. It has been a blessing to many thousands of Christians and Bible students.
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Big-Mac-XXL
24 September 2012
Version: 4.1.1
Still the best Bible software on the Mac. I know it many years and now I can appreciate it even more after my other experiences with MacSword and Accordance. OLB is free and comes with some excellent tools for free: King James Bible, Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Geneva Bible Notes of 1599. This all synchronized in parallel windows. And additional free Hebrew and Textus Receptus (Stephanus 1550) add-ons. Simply perfect. I don't care about the old-fashioned Classic GUI, but like the high speed and the small RAM footprint of OLB. I wish to encourage the programmers to continue with this valuable FREE software!
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soundchaser480
14 April 2011
Version: 4.1.1
Now I have downloaded several modules and am very happy with this program. Too bad it didn't come with a little better explanation. I am able to do all that I need until I am able to pay for some favorite versions of the Bible. I can search words and verses along with using Lexicons for Hebrew and Greek. I was able to change font sizes in the preferences. For others, keep trying before you rate this.
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soundchaser480
14 April 2011
Version: 4.1.1
I also tried to download this and got nothing. I clicked on the Online Bible icon in my applications folder and it asked for version.dat. So now I have nothing but wasted time.
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Ficheye
19 November 2010
Version: 4.1.1
Downloaded it. It asks me for the file 'Version.Dat.' Now, what would that be, exactly? And why would you just not google 'online bible' and go online to access it? There are already plenty of online bibles. This seems weird. If someone could explain why this app would make things more convenient then please do so.
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anonymous-llama-2687
04 September 2010
Version: 4.1.1
Repeatedly crashes on intel iMac running 10.6.4.
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Macsweep
27 March 2010
Version: 4.1.1
I've been using the Macintosh Online Bible for at least ten years. It is my favorite Bible application. Great search capability, lots of keyboard shortcuts, multiple windowing configurations, easy look-up of Strongs' numbers, good cross-reference, multiple lexicon support. Other features: personal notes, favorite verses and verse lists, easy way to make documents with hyper-links to scripture verses, easy text-to-speech. Another plus is good support. If you have problems, read the Help tutorial, it is very well written. The negatives: Setting font and font size for all the Bible versions is tedious and there is no high-lighting yet.
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Dean-Reinheimer
09 November 2009
Version: 4.0.4
I began using Online Bible (Mac) waaay back in the OS9 days. It was a real blessing and help through my three years at a Bible Institute, helping me to study, write papers, prepare sermons, etc. A friend in school had the Windows/Microslop version and I just couldn't seem to get the hang of it. I've tried many, many other programs but ALWAYS keep coming back to OLB Along those lines, is it just me or was the learning curve on Accordance a little "steep"? I find the search capabilities in OLB are AWESOME! whether searching by English words, Greek/Hebrew words, or even by Strong's numbers! Adding my personal notes/studies/commentaries at each verse is a great advantage too! OH yes, I need to praise the developer's response time as being TREMENDOUS too!!! (even if it was a LOOOONG wait for a native OSX version) Personally, I'd like to see the interface in OLB updated to a more "Mac-like" presentation.
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Micg
24 September 2009
Version: 4.0.4
Incredible Bible and reference collection. I'm beyond impressed - I'm amazed at the quality of such Bible program as this v3.5.1 which I use in Classic. Get it.
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Tonylawrence
25 August 2009
Version: 4.0.3
I have been a OLB user for many years and appreciate it quick and fast capabilities. Recently also purchased Accordance. There is a place for both programs. For quick searches and a wealth of somewhat older material you cannot beat OLB. The "Copy Verses" feature far exceeds everyone else's implementation. For original language searches, more current resources Accordance beats any Bible study software on any platform. I am thankful for both.
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Smksensei
25 August 2009
Version: 4.0.3
After an incredibly long beta testing, I'm glad to see this has finally released. The interface hasn't changed much over the long used classic version, which is both a positive (for us old-timers) but perhaps a liability for those newer to the Mac experience. Hopefully soon many of the texts will also be updated. (typos, etc.) I know the Byzantine Greek text has been completely revised since the 2001 edition and needs to be replaced with the 2006+ edition. With new and updated texts, hopefully on the new CD's I'm sure the value will be much more than the cost. I've found, however, in the long wait, that MacSword is so much more intuitive, flexible, and easy to use. (More OS X-like) The only thing really lacking in MacSword are the copyrighted texts.
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Macnews
14 January 2009
Version: 3.9.10y36
Just so you know: This guy has been responsible for not only the OS X version, but in the past the Classic version. It's not his day job. He's done a wonderful job thus far.
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Tice
29 March 2008
Version: 3.9.10y36
Hope you didn't worked on that project on a sunday: 4. Mose chapter 15 verse 32-36 ; )
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Smksensei
18 February 2008
Version: 3.9
Wow, 6-7 years in Beta testing.
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Carl878
31 December 2005
Version: 3.9
This is the finest program for Bible study I have seen to date. I have found this MAC version to be flawless even when I haveover 50 study search pages open at once. The only deficiency is the limit on the number of verses that can be copied at once which is 200(even with the King James version which is not copyrighted). Since there is a work around I gave it a five (5) rating for features and ease of use. Before the work around I would have given it a four in each of these. This version is not to be confused with the PC version which is written by an entirely different group of programmers and is greatly inferior in ease of use and its other features.
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Anonymous
10 September 2005
Version: 3.9
Online Bible 3.9 would seem still to be a beta and not a full version. However in my view the beta looks good and seems to be fairly stable. OLB itself is free but the modules that come with it are not. This means that it you want to use OLB to the full, you need to buy the CD and the deluxe CD at that, which contains all the essential translations including the NIV. Its a good application though and it looks great in OSX.
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4.5
Anonymous
11 August 2005
Version: 3.9
Been using the Classic version of this for years and it is the best. I prefer it over MacSword. I can't wait until they release a final version of this for OSX. Great job guys! I would advise to lable this as a beta version on here somewhere and not just as 3.9, but rather 3.9b3 or something. Thanks! *Also, there ARE other free modules, other than what comes with it, available for download from the site.
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Anonymous
10 August 2005
Version: 3.9
"This is the exact same file as the beta....I guess I'll wait until 4.0 in a few years and see if there has been any improvement. -sigh-" Be of good cheer, holy pilgrim. The Online Bible is exactly like Jesus, "The same, yesterday, today and tomorrow." In other words, you could say that the software never changes. Nor should it.
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Anonymous
10 August 2005
Version: 3.9
So what's going on here? MacUpdate says this software is free. Once you download the software or if you go to the developer's website, you find this information: "Macintosh Classic CD-ROM - $39.95 ($49.95 Canadian) Including the Manual. Macintosh Deluxe CD-ROM - $89.95 ($129.95 Canadian) With NIV, NASB, NKJB, NLT and NRSV royalties prepaid, including the Manual." So...either it's free or it costs up to $90.00. So which is it? It would seem that the developer employs a similar startegy to that of the American evangelical religionists. They tell you "You only have to believe to be saved." But of course just to "believe" means you have to sacrifice everything, including your intellect, free will, and common sense. In order to get the software, you're lured in with an offer of free software. When you download the software, you find out that to use it, you have to "tithe" a sizeable chunk of money to the corporate collection plate .
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Anonymous
10 August 2005
Version: 3.9
I have been waiting for this for sometime. This is great to be native in OSX. This program is very useful for searching, reading, and performing detailed studies. It also lets you create your own bible study topics and notes. This is great. I was recently took on the challend of reading the whole old testament in a month. I could not have made it through Jeremiah and Isaiah without having Online Bible read it to me. Thank you.
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Anonymous
10 August 2005
Version: 3.9
This is the exact same file as the Beta. I don't know why it took 3 years to release a carbon version nearly identical to the classic 3.5.1 Only a few changes on the tool bar. I still don't understand why an app can't automatically find it's own modules when they are placed in the appropriate folders. It's a heck of a hassle to have to set up every note, every text, and every topic. (or have I been missing something??) also, it would be nice to have some sort of import or cross-compatability with the Windows OLB modules which have multiplied ten-fold. After this long of a wait, I'm sad to say, this is a huge disappointment, though it seems perfectly stable. I would have gladly paid for this if a better product resulted. Instead, I've forked out a good amount of money and now have Accordance occupying the disk space that OLB used to have. It is the best Biblical Research tool on any platform bar none. (and I've used them all with a Biblical languages background) I guess I'll wait until 4.0 in a few years and see if there has been any improvement. -sigh-
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Anonymous
10 August 2005
Version: 3.9
FINALLY! :-) I've been beta testing 10.3.9 for about a month or so and have found it 100% stable. Virtually identical to the OS 9 OLB w/exception of the toolbar. Something I'm finding now that I've also got QuickVerse for OS X, been using MacSword, played with Accordance -- I'm sick and tired of the multi-window apps that have been a hallmark of Mac for so many years. Frankly, I want to see e-sword (http://www.e-sword.org) for OS X. To me, hands-down, it is the best out there in terms of layout. When you search a scripture, the right "pane" of the window where the dictionary, commentaries, etc. are -- if there's a reference to the scripture, each shows an icon denoting "Hey, I've got info on this!". I guess I'm a little disappointed with some of the Bible offerings - granted, I'm happy that we've got more than we've ever had, but we're still lacking. Got a lot more to say, but will refrain. Suffice it to say, with OLB on OS X, I'm happy now. Accordance is nice, but to get all the goods you get with OLB, you gotta spend way too much money. My .02.
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Anonymous
19 January 2005
Version: 3.5.1
If anyone knows where to download the BETA version of the yet to be released OS-X ver. of Online Bible please post it. ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING AT THIS POINT!
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Anonymous
16 January 2005
Version: 3.5.1
While On-Line Bible is the very best in its league, there is however only thing holding me back from strictly using OS-10 on my computer and that is the On-Line Bible program! I've used the On-Line Bible for quiet a while now and I've reached the point of of getting fed up having to startup OS-9 Classic just to run this Bible program. Let's face it, by the time the OS-10 version of On-Line Bible comes out, OS-11 will be here. It's time to move on and find and a suitable alternate to On-Line Bible.
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Anonymous
31 December 2004
Version: 3.5.1
Online Bible remains a first class product for Bible students. I haven't found anything better for the Mac, and I use it all the time in my ministry, but lets face it, its way overdue for OSX. Considering that OSX has been around for quite a long time now, the manufacturers excuses seem rather limp. Registered users ask for a New Year resolution, from Online Bible, OSX version now please or the developer will loose credibility, and that is not good for a Christian application as good as this one.
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Anonymous
26 September 2004
Version: 3.5.1
According to the "Online Bible eNewsletter", a new version, for Mac OS X, is coming - should be here by late October or early November. Lets be patient a little bit longer.
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Anonymous
16 August 2004
Version: 3.5.1
I can't get it to use the Greek font, though it seems to like the Hebrew font just fine.
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Anonymous
16 August 2004
Version: 3.5.1
This is the best free Mac Bible software. MacSword doesn't even compare. It's easy to use, has many useful features, and I don't think it's ever crashed on me. I would consider buying it if it ever gets updated for OS X.
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Anonymous
05 December 2003
Version: 3.5.1
This is a first class Bible application for anyone who needs and reads the Bible seriously, especially for those in ministry. However, to use it to the full, you will neeed the Online Bible Deluxe CD which includes many additional Bible translations including the New International Version (NIV) which is essential in the UK where most Churches use the NIV in worship as their main translation. It is stable in Classic under OSX and runs well (10.2.5) but an OSX version would be great.
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Schneb
03 December 2003
Version: 3.5.1
Wouldn't it be great to have Online Bible OSX for Christmas? It will truly be a Merry OSXmas!
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Gospelwit
19 August 2003
Version: 3.5.1
Thank you for your tremedous work with this program. It is my greatest help in my ministry. I look forward to the OSX update. The program is easy to use and complete. Have you ever considered puting a 1930-1950 webster dictionary with the program? Thanks John Anderson
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Anonymous
16 January 2003
Version: 3.5.1
Excellent! Bravo! The only issues I see are it needs a more iTunes interface and run native in OS X. It would be really out of this world. No pun intended. chris
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Anonymous
16 January 2003
Version: 3.5.1
It is not a MAC OS X native as announced. I hope it will be soon.
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